LINDSEY GRAHAM THINKS WE’RE ‘SCREWED’…. The Cult of Bipartisanship gets just a little nuttier.

Our “This Week” panel this morning got into a rousing debate over the stimulus bill, with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C. and Rep. Peter King, N.Y., arguing the GOP was left out of the process.

“If I may say, if this is going to be bipartisanship, the country’s screwed,” Graham said.

I’m not even sure what this is supposed to mean.

The political parties disagree on the nation’s future. One party is in the majority after winning national elections; the other party is in the minority after failing badly at governing. The president reached out to the failed party, sought their ideas, and accepted some of their demands. The minority party voted against the package anyway. That’s fine; it’s what the opposition party is supposed to do.

But the United States is “screwed” unless the failed minority party — the one taking orders from Rush Limbaugh and comparing itself to the Taliban as a model for insurgency — gets to help shape legislation even more in the future? Please.

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